The Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum –
a meeting of all the minds in our basin.


Since 2004, the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum has been a strategic incubator for cross-border research, management collaboration, networking and communication. 

The Foundation leads a partnership of agencies to organize the Forum each year.  Attended each year by upwards of 160 research and resource managers, the Forum is the "hub" for all groups working to ensure the future ecological integrity of the waters of the Rainy-Lake of the Woods Basin.

2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Forum, March 13-14, International Falls, MN
Registration closed March 7.

If you have already registered for the Forum - thank you and read on for more info!
If not...space is filling up rapidly so please register ASAP.


Please register at the Foundation's website:
www.lowwsf.com/register

  • Registration fee $90 USD. 
  • Students free with valid student ID (enter: STUDENT2019 in the coupon field).
  • Registration includes the Forum Kick-Off Lunch on the 13th, the Foundation Reception on the 13th, the walleye lunch on the 14th, and refreshment breaks both days.
  • Major credit cards are accepted for online payment and is the preferred option.  If necessary, you may choose an offline "Pay Offline" option such as Mail-in, Purchase Orders/Commissioners Warrants etc. but you must complete the online registration form and please ensure that payment is received by February 8 for the early bird rate.
Conference details: at the Foundation's website www.lowwsf.com/watershed-forum.

2019Programcvr thumbThe final  2019 Forum Program & Abstracts for the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum is now available.

The Forum starts at 11 am on March 13 and ends at 4:30 pm on March 14 - Rainy River Community College in International Falls, MN.

If you plan to attend and have not registered already, please register asap! Register Now

The 2019 Forum program features 27 oral presenations and 5 poster presentations in themed sessions on:

  • Binational updates
  • Environment & Climate Change Canada and Trent Univeristy Science on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River
  • IISD - Experimental Lakes Area Science, including studies of the effects of reservoir drawdown, nanosilver, mercury and spills of heavy crude oil and diluted bitumen
  • Updates on advanced remote sensing methods
  • MPCA's water quality and fisheries assessment of the Rainy River.
  • Ecology of beavers, muskrats, sturgeon recovery and much more!

View or download the Draft  2019 Forum Program & Abstracts

AmericInn Inn, International Falls MN. Conference rate of $94.00 USD per night plus taxes.
Make your reservations by March 1, 2019 and quote the group code Water Forum 2019

Reservations: 1-218-283-8000 (front desk);

Important!  You must call the front desk to make reservation to get the group rate -- no online reservations or central 800 number reservations for group rate.

The 2019 Kallemeyn Award will be presented on the evening of March 13 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota.  The Awardee will be announced at that time.

The Kallemeyn Award is presented annually by the Foundation to an individual who has demonstrated in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed:

  • Outstanding professional achievement in scientific research or resource management.
  • Significant contributions to collaborative and cooperative approaches to research or resource management internationally.

The 2019 Wilson Stewardship Award will be presented on the evening of March 13 at the Foundation Reception during the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum, in International Falls, Minnesota. The Awardee will be announced at that time.

The Wilson Stewardship Award is presented annually by the Foundation to individuals, groups, or projects that have made significant contributions to environmental stewardship in the Rainy-Lake of the Woods watershed through:

  • Education, outreach, civic engagement and participation in stewardship initiatives or program development.
  • Projects or programs focused on protection, restoration, preservation or reduction of environmental impact and development of sustainable practices.

partnersThanks to our sponsors for assisting with the 2019 International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum. This event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the researchers and resource managers and the assistance of the following groups:

  • International Joint Commission
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Consulate General of Canada - Minneapolis, Global Affairs Canada
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Rainy River Community College
  • Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Dorset Environmental Sciences Centre (Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks)
  • Rainy Lake Conservancy
  • Rainy Lake Property Owners Association
  • Voyageurs National Park Association
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada / Environnement et Changement climatique Canada
  • Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

To become a sponsor, please contact Todd Sellers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or toll free 886-370-8891.

Limited travel support may be available to assist postgraduate students to present their research at the Forum, through the Deborah Battigelli Memorial Fund at the Foundation.  Support is typically offered for up to one student per year.  To apply, contact Todd Sellers, Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Todd Sellers, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Nolan Baratono, Watershed Ecology
  • Andrew Paterson, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
  • Jesse Anderson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Kelly Sjerven, Rainy River Community College
  • Kayla Bowe, Red Lake Department of Natural Resources
  • Ryan Maki, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tim Pascoe, Environment Canada
  • Matt Julius, Minnesota St. Cloud State University
  • Kelli Saunders, Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation
  • Anna DeSellas, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
Abstract submission is now closed.  Please see 2019 Forum Program & Abstracts for the program schedule.

Proceedings Reports of the annual International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum are available from 2006 onward, here:  Forum Proceedings